My degree is in Philosophy, Religious Studies and Studio Art, not anything gender-related — and when I was in college I remember that I often viewed hard-line feminist assertions with suspicion.
But what’s especially pernicious about male privilege is that every aspect of female privilege can be trumped by male privilege.
The classic example of this is that yes, I can gain “privilege” by dressing to look hot, but that “power” can instantly be taken away by a man who decides to call me a slut.
” problem, anyway.) And yet there were plenty of men who answered the posts, emailed me, etc. Are there contexts in which it is inappropriate for me as a man to enter into feminist discourse as a “speaking subject?
in the belief that I was writing in good faith and without saying that existing spaces alienate them. ” Sure, but that doesn’t mean I cannot listen and find myself somewhere within the discourse.
Still, it’s true that I defined some problems, and the terms, in heavily feminist ways.
And it may be that if we want to get the ball rolling on widespread discussion of masculinity, we aren’t going to be able to do that without softening feminist edges and feminist slants on the discussion spaces.Here’s a comment from Richard Jeffrey Newman at Alas: I confess that, as a man whom I imagine most people would probably define as normative — at least according to the criteria Clarisse has been using in her series — I have trouble with the premise of this question. Do I think feminist discourse is always accurate in the way it speaks about men?I have never found feminist discourses around gender and sexuality closed to me. No, but that is not the same thing as saying it is closed to me. Daran at Feminist Critics accused me of hypocrisy, saying that some of my statements show that I’m not “really” interested in finding new perspectives or making space for them in feminism.I don’t know what the acronym means, but I’m honestly sort of annoyed by any attempt to boil those three posts down to a single argument, because I tried so hard to make it clear that a single argument was not my intent, with that series. There’s just one correction I want to make to my own posts before I continue.I really am just interested in exploring various and often very discrete masculinity-related questions. In the third one, I failed to make a point that really needed to be made, which is: for women — and for men — any “privileges” they experience are also the flip side of unfortunate stereotypes.(The film series was so successful that a group of loyalists gathered, formed a committee, and have continued it without me! ) My feminist history isn’t very “official”, though I was raised by two very feminist people.